Poor books.
— Lily after ad for Downton Abbey: The Official Film Companion played on NPR
She was interested in the philosophical shift from examining what things mean, the classical task of criticism, to examining how they came to mean it. But this idea, popularized, risked suggesting that meaning was a mere construction and that language, literature, and art were no more than the sum of the biases of a dominant group.
— Benjamin Moser, Sontag: Her Life and Work
There was a Maintenance Man and a Janitor!
— Sondern on spyfall.crabhat.com game
“Believe me, many more people will see that selfie once I share it than will listen to this speech,” Bukele insisted, simultaneously underselling his own speaking skills, shortchanging the reach of the United Nations communications shop, and overstating the appetite of the global public for still photos of random smiling bearded dudes standing behind podiums.
— John Hayward, "Hayward: El Salvador’s Millennial President Warns U.N. May Go the Way of Blockbuster, Takes Selfie," Breitbart
I could close my eyes and see the whole heart rotating... I don't know how long that will last, but that's useful.
— Lily
It was there that she met William Phillips, co-editor of Partisan Review, and asked him how one wrote for his magazine. "You ask," he said "I'm asking," she answered.
— Benjamin Moser, Sontag: Her Life and Work
The new work, the innovation, is legitimated by the chain of works leading back to an authoritative type. But the chain also needs the new work. It is the new work that selects the chain out of the debris of the past.
— Alexander Nagel and Christopher S. Wood, "Anachronic Renaissance," from a reading for VIS392
I don't want you to speak at my funeral. And if you do, I'll never speak to you again.
— Joke Sid heard someone say at a memorial service
Mr. Iger believes that, if Mr. Jobs had lived, Disney and Apple might have merged.
— Maureen Dowd, "The Slow-Burning Success of Disney’s Bob Iger," The New York Times
Do you know the phrase "tragedy is just comedy without the last act?"
— David, in the Yankee Traveler Motel
I feel like if I did model trains I would pick a scale and stick to it.
— David
Boy, that's a good picture. Hey, I'd like a piece of that picture.
— Trump quoted by Jordan Fabian about a Tom Brenner photo of him with money in his back pocket
They don't know how to respond, all they know how to do is appeal.
— Sid*
Just as a murderer's bloody fingerprint on a page says more than the words printed on it.
— Walter Benjamin, "The Author as Producer"
The heart of the house was the parlor, which Washington turned into his dining room, an eccentric space claiming the odd distinction of having seven doors and one window.
— Ron Chernow, Washington: A Life
Learn from your mistakes, it's simple.
— One Amtrak conductor to another, generously, after the latter had made a mistake
We're really into training the audience.
— Patrick Gabridge
Genome: bought the book; hard to read
— Eric Lander, Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony
On a peanut farm in Asia with no floor.
— Andrew Yang, 3rd Democratic Debate
Things happen by accident, but nothing gets left by accident.
— Emily Eveleth recounting something her husband says